3D movies have gained popularity over the years, offering viewers an immersive experience that brings the action to life. While enjoying a 3D movie, using regular subtitles can be quite underwhelming. In some cases, media players like Plex Media Player and Skybox VR Video Player can display the SRT subtitles correctly without any conversion.
However, if you face issues with subtitle positioning, depth, or alignment, it’s crucial to convert 2D SRT subtitles to 3D subtitles before adding them to your 3D movies. This article will guide you through the process of converting normal 2D SRT files to 3D subtitles using 3D-Subtitler and adding them to your 3D movies using Plex Media Player, Skybox VR Video Player, or VLC Media Player.
Also see: How to Add Subtitles to Video in Windows 11
Step 1: Converting SRT to 3D Subtitles with 3D-Subtitler (Optional)
3D-Subtitler is a powerful and user-friendly software that enables you to convert 2D SRT files to 3D subtitles in a few simple steps. Follow the instructions below to start converting your subtitles, if needed:
- Download and install 3D-Subtitler by visiting its official website or a trusted source. Check the software’s system requirements and ensure your computer meets them before proceeding.
- Launch 3D-Subtitler by double-clicking on the program’s icon.
- In the main interface, click the Input File button and navigate to the folder containing your SRT file. Select the SRT file you want to convert and click Open.
- Next, click the Output File button and choose the destination folder for your converted subtitle file. Give your output file a name, and make sure it has the .ass extension.
- Make sure the BDSup2sub path is pointed to the same folder where the 3D-Subtitler.exe resides.
- Configure the Settings according to your preferences:
- 3D Type: Select the 3D movie format based on your video, either Side by Side (SBS) or Over Under (Top and Bottom). This will ensure the proper alignment of the 3D subtitles with the 3D visuals.
- Font: Choose a font style that’s easy to read and complements your 3D movie.
- Color: Select a color that contrasts well with the movie’s visuals, ensuring the subtitles are visible.
- Size: Adjust the subtitle size to balance readability and unobtrusiveness.
- Depth: Customize the depth of the 3D subtitles to match the 3D movie’s depth, creating a seamless visual experience.
- Output format: You can choose either “VobSub idx/sub” or “Blu-ray sup”. Most modern media players should be able to recognize both formats.
- Once you’ve finished configuring the settings, click “Check Input“.
- Then, click the Convert button to initiate the conversion process. Wait for the conversion to complete, and you’ll find your 3D subtitle file in the designated output folder.
Useful tip: How to Download Subtitles in VLC on Windows 11
If you encounter an error stating “Java Runtime is not installed” when attempting to run the software on a 64-bit Windows system, such as Windows 11, simply install the 64-bit version of Java to resolve the issue and successfully run the app.
Step 2: Adding Subtitles to Your 3D Movie
Whether you have your original SRT subtitle file or a converted 3D subtitle file, you can add it to your 3D movie using one of the following media players:
Plex Media Player
- Organize your files by creating a folder containing the 3D movie and the subtitle file. Ensure that the movie and subtitle files have the same name to enable Plex to recognize them as a pair.
- Launch Plex Media Player and navigate to your movie library.
- Add the new folder to your Plex library by following the on-screen instructions. Plex should automatically recognize the movie and its associated subtitle file.
- Play the 3D movie and enjoy the immersive experience with your subtitles. If needed, you can adjust subtitle settings within Plex to fine-tune their appearance.
Skybox VR Video Player
- Transfer your files to the device on which Skybox VR Video Player is installed. Ensure the 3D movie and the subtitle file have the same name and are in the same folder for easy recognition.
- Launch Skybox VR Video Player and navigate to the folder containing your 3D movie and subtitle file.
- Select the 3D movie and start playing it. The subtitles should automatically appear on the screen.
- If the subtitles don’t appear, go to the Settings menu and enable subtitles manually. You can also adjust the subtitle settings, such as size, position, and color, to ensure the best viewing experience.
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VLC Media Player
- Open VLC Media Player and click Media on the toolbar, followed by Open File.
- Select the 3D movie you wish to play and click Open.
- Once the movie starts playing, click Subtitle on the toolbar, followed by Add Subtitle File.
- Navigate to the folder containing the subtitle file (either the original SRT or the converted 3D subtitle file) and select it.
- The subtitles should now appear on your 3D movie. If needed, you can adjust the subtitle settings by clicking Tools on the toolbar, followed by Preferences and then the Subtitles/OSD tab. Here, you can modify the font, size, color, and position of the subtitles to suit your preferences.
Converting SRT subtitles to 3D subtitles and adding them to your 3D movie enhances the viewing experience by providing a seamless integration between the visuals and the text. While some media players may be able to handle regular SRT subtitles for 3D movies, converting them ensures proper alignment, depth, and positioning, resulting in a truly immersive experience.